SXSW bound!

It is a rare road trip that I “make good time,” it’s more about having a good time. And this that kinda trip. Sure – there is a “point” to all of this – SXSW Interactive starts this week – making this a bit of nirvana for me. Road trips and geekery. woohoo.

Heading south from KC there is a giant morel that glows in the dark looming along 71. Magic! By the by – don’t stop on the highway for this photo op – there is an exit a little north of the spot that will lead you to a better, and safer, location.

I don’t know what the deal is with Pittsburg, KS and fried chicken – but there are more chicken spots there per capita than any other town I have visited. Chicken Annie’s is out in the country on what is affectionately known as “Chicken Dinner Road” (rival, Chicken Mary’s, is right next door). And for those keeping track – Annie opened first in the 1930s, after Annie’s husband lost his leg in a mining accident. A few years later, Mary’s husband had to quit his job because of a bad heart – and she followed Annie’s lead.

Also in Pittsburg, KS is Zoomer’s Treasures – a quirky hand crafted furniture store created by Mary Fenoglio.  She used to sell antiques, but now she prefers to keep the old chair legs and drawers and barrel lids for her own distinctive pieces – like Big Bertha out front.  “I tell people if they don’t like it, they can go to Wal-Mart. It’s open 24 hours” she says with a grin.

And, really, what road trip wouldn’t be complete with out a stop at at least one Route 66 classic? Built in 1926, the only remaining Marsh Arch “Rainbow Bridge” on Route 66, and you can still drive over it! Just a few miles north of Baxter Springs, Kansas. Now it is on the National Register of Historic Places.